Be yourself, it’s what God intended

Be yourself, it’s what God intended

“You’re born an original. Don’t die a copy.” — John Mason.

Last night my wife left me alone to watch whatever I wanted on TV. I turned on an old episode of “The Simpsons.” I still can remember my mom didn’t want anyone at our church to know we watched that show. Of course, by today’s standards “The Simpsons” would be mild in comparison. The episode was the one where Marge, the level-headed wife of the buffoon Homer, discussed with their daughter Lisa about buying a discounted ladies suit. Marge looked good in her new suit and wore it to town one day.

She bumped into a rich woman who she had gone to school with. Her old classmate invited her family to the country club, a place where the upper crust of Springfield enjoyed their free time. When the Simpsons arrived at the country club, it was clear they didn’t belong. They didn’t have a nice car.

Over time as they were invited back as guests, Marge kept making alterations to her suit, Homer started playing golf, Lisa did horseback riding and not much was said about their son Bart. One day the classmate told her the whole family was invited to a ball, and if all went well, they could become members.

Marge went absolutely crazy getting ready for the ball. That night had to go perfectly, to show the Simpsons are somebodies. When she was making alterations to her suit, she accidentally ruined the suit. So she went out and bought a dress she could not afford. Later it comes out she spent their life savings on it. When they get to the ball, she has Homer park far away from the clubhouse. She didn’t want anyone to see their old car.

On their way to the club house, they talk about what they are going to do at the ball. Marge exploded and told the rest of the Simpsons the night had to be perfect. Then she realized how much she had changed who she was just to fit in. They turned around and went home without going to the ball.

How many of us change the way we are to impress others? We shouldn’t have to be someone we are not just to fit in with a group of people. I have done it on more than one occasion, but as I grew, I realized I have only one job in this old world: to be the person who God made me to be. Now that doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want and then say, “Well this is just who God made me to be.” No, God gets enough blame as it is already. We must not use that as a reason to do whatever we feel like but rather to do what we are supposed to do.

We were made with a purpose in mind. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

See even God himself tells us each one of us was made with a different plan in mind, that God wants all of us to be different. Our likes and dislikes, our opinion on any given subject, what we think about books, movies or anything, it’s all a gift from God, and I think just being ourselves honors God more than we will ever know.

I am not called to be a pastor; I am called to motivate people through my writing. I use the Bible to do so. I am careful not to go into the new-age realm of thinking because that would be wrong for me to do so. I need to just encourage people everywhere because that is what I am meant to do.

It comes natural to me to help others. Look around to what are the good qualities that come natural to you. God will use them if you will let him.

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